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Sweet Citrus Recipe Nectarine Cake

When the nectarine’s are ready for picking then you must “pick” this recipe too. Delicious and easy, a winner for it’s serving versatility with any meal, or even a casual snack in between meals. The pinwheel pattern of the cake presents itself with a level of sophistication that is as visually appealing as it is tastefully enjoyable. This is another must try treat from our friends at Mas d’Augustine.

Nectarine Cake #Recipe @MasdAugustine

Nectarine Cake

A delicious and sweet tea cake heightened with a hint of peach liqueur and served with crème fraiche, mascarpone or vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 8 people


For the Topping

  • 6 large Ripe nectarines
  • 90 gr Unsalted Butter
  • 90 gr Castor Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Peach liquer
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

For the Cake

  • 120 gr Unsalted Butter
  • 120 gr Castor Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 30 gr Ground hazelnuts
  • 100 gr Self-raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Peach liqueur


  • Preheat the oven to 190C (fan assisted).
  • Cut the nectarines in half, remove the stone and slice evenly into segments about ½ cm thick.
  • Melt the butter in a straight-sided cake tin about 23cms wide and 5cms deep.
  • Add the sugar, lemon juice and peach liqueur, stirring gently as the mixture boils.
  • After a few minutes it will start to colour - continue stirring until it is a pale caramel colour.
  • Remove from the heat and arrange the nectarine slices evenly and overlapping to cover the whole of the tin. Remember this will become the top of the cake, so ensure the pattern is attractive.
  • Whisk all the cake ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the mixture over the top of the nectarines and smooth the surface with a spatula.
  • Bake at 190 for 45 minutes, lowering the heat to 180 after half an hour.
  • When the cake is cooked, it will have contracted slightly from the sides of the tin.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes.
  • Pass a thin knife around the sides of the tin to ensure nothing has stuck.
  • Place a serving plate over the tin and then turn the whole thing upside down in one swift movement.
  • Serve hot or cold for tea or as a delicious dessert with crème fraiche, mascarpone or vanilla ice cream.
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Gary and Jane Langton

Gary and Jane Langton

When Jane was younger she wanted to be a show-jumper and, although she had some success, Jane knew she could never afford a horse that could take her to the top. Similarly, Jane enjoyed cooking and would have loved to be a chef, but she always knew that the unsocial hours would never fit with raising her family. So she stepped into the world of property construction and interior design, where she enjoyed a successful and fun filled career.

Gary went to a nautical school and always dreamed of going to sea, captaining his own ship. Although he managed to be selected for officer training in the Royal Navy at an early age, by the time he was 18 he no longer had 20:20 vision and his chosen field in the RN was no longer open to him. For a short period Gary studied quantity surveying before finally choosing a career in banking, during which time he lived for a period in New York before returning to London and ultimately running a global business team (involving much travel).

Jane and Gary met, via the internet, in February 2005 and their relationship took off. By 2007 they were married and, in early 2009, they both decided that enough was enough - the constant travelling with their jobs, rushed weekends together and too much politics in their business lives finally taking its toll.

So they decided on a total change of life. Jane had always dreamed of running a boutique hotel or upmarket B&B and pushed this idea which was accepted by Gary as he couldn’t come up with an alternative plan. The couple finally decided on France (proximity to their children in the UK and good weather) and spent about 18 months viewing 100+ properties in the South of France, from Provence to almost Spain and back, before finally settling (in December 2010) on an old stone house (and former silk farm) in La Bruguiere, a small village about 10 minutes from Uzes, France’s first Duchy and a beautiful little town.

The house renovation took 17 months and they first opened for business in summer 2012. As they end their sixth year in France the couple have no regrets and remain positive about their future.

Jane has finally managed to fulfil one of her childhood dreams of cooking professionally for others and continues to ride her horse. Gary works front of house at Mas d'Augustine their chambres d’hôte and (when asked) offers business advice to friends/associates in their location, whilst amusing himself by playing (bass) in a local French group. The couple recently started an additional business to project manage renovation works/remodelling (and, if requested, provide interior design) of holiday homes for absentee owners.

Life is too short to stand still and wait for it – Jane and Gary are firm believers that life is for the taking. Enjoy Jane's recipes here or spend a couple of nights to savour her cooking first hand.

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